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Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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31/7/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 31 July 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
Should you no longer wish to receive these circulars, there is an Unsubscribe link at the foot of this email.

7-9 August 2015 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies; Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin; Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock; Alistair Anderson; Jeff Warner (USA), and his Jig Doll!; The Dovetail Trio; The Liam Robinson Dance Band; The Kestor Stringband; Johnny Handle; Dartmoor Pixie Band; Ramsley Minors; Tony Beard, the Wag from Widecombe; Entertainingly Different; plus more tbc. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

Saturday 8 August 2015 - Jim Causley - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee. Jim has become renowned for a natural gift for interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years, and his relaxed and playful stage presence.  + support Amanda Diamond & Eddie Wheaton. See www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk for full details of this event and all forthcoming 'Teignmouth Folk Concerts'. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

Sold out Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side - Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
For outline details of the entire folk content of the Dartington International Summer School (courses, concerts etc. 1-15 August) see the Dairy on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 12 August 2015 8pm - Beehive Folk & Acoustic - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Hosted by Sue King in the bar. Folk and acoustic unplugged. Everyone is welcome whether it is to come along, have a beer and listen or to play and sing. Free entry. Further info www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Thursday 13 August 2015 8.30pm - Elise Yuill - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
With a powerfully emotive voice, which time and again is likened to that of Joan Baez; Devon based Singer-songwriter Elise Yuill is fast becoming a recognised name in the folk world. Her debut EP 'A Thousand Angels' Tears' was released last autumn, produced by acclaimed artist Howard Jones. £2.  www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 13 August 2015 - Jane Taylor Band - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Returning by popular demand, Jane last performed at the Mill in 2012 and captured our hearts. Championed by BBC Radio 2's Johnnie Walker and Bob Harris, Somerset-based Jane is no ordinary singer-songwriter. Her sharp, witty lyrics are delivered in a sultry folk voice that has an intangible magic, soul and passion that somehow connects the audience with every word. Critically acclaimed, she has supported Jools Holland, Bill Wyman, and Paulo Nutini, and won Best Singer Songwriter Album for "Compass" in the Independent Music Awards. Expect "classic, timeless songwriting" from "a quintessentially English Gem" (Time Out). Jane is joined at the Mill by the three members of her multi-instrumental band. www.janetaylor.co.uk. Full details of Otterton Mill's music listings can be found at www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings.

Important news re Otterton Mill:
The present leaseholders and business owners at Otterton Mill have just announced through their email circulation that they will moving on to pastures new at the end of 2015. A final music gig is being planned for some time in September.
(The freehold owners of Otterton Mill are Clinton Devon Estates and enquiries about leasing the Mill should be addressed to their agent, Malcolm Williams, at Harrison-Lavers Potbury on 01395 516633. The team at the Mill are not involved in the letting process and as such will not be in a position to answer questions about the letting.)

NEW Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh with The Ceilidh Factor - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
Final Night Party of the Dartington International Summer School. www.ceilidhfactor.co.uk. £8, U16 £4. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

NEW Friday 11 September 2015 7pm - The Old Gaffers- Breakwater Bistro Cafe, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AF
Friends of Brixham Library BBQ with music provided by ’The Old Gaffers’. For those who wish to enjoy a convivial supper followed by music and sea shanties, tickets are available from Brixham Library tel 01803 853870 during library opening hours (or from the Bistro tel 01803 856738). £12 for FoBL members, £14 non-members. Once again FoBL has exclusive use of the Cafe and all are welcome.

UPDATED Saturday 12 September 2015 10.30am - d'Accord - Bedford Square, High Street, Exeter, opp. Lloyds bank
Promoting French & Breton dance & music. All musicians and dancers welcome. Followed by a booked marquee appearance at St Thomas Community Festival at St Thomas Pleasure Grounds, opp. St Thomas Parish Church, Cowick Street, probably around 3pm.
d'Accord are currently seeking a treasurer for their constituted club, and also a webmaster. Email daccordexeter9@gmail.com for further details. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 19 September 2015 - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall
The first time Phil has played in the village of his birth in over 40 years! Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/327447.

NEW Sunday 27 September 2015 8pm - The Dovetail Trio & Greg Russell - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
As The Dovetail Trio, Jamie Roberts, Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn present England’s traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage. www.dovetailtrio.com. Greg Russell is no stranger to Topsham folk club being a regular performer at our singers’ nights in recent times. He now has a national profile on the British folk scene. He is also half of the Greg Russell & Ciaran Alga duo who were nominated for best duo in this years Radio 2’s folk awards (having won the Horizon Award in 2014 and Young Folk Award in 2013). www.russellalgar.co.uk. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 11 October 2015 - Faustus - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Nominated for the Best Group Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and in the wake of the latest album Broken Down Gentlemen, Faustus brings to the stage three of the leading lights of their generation: melodeon player Saul Rose (Waterson;Carthy, Whapweasel, War Horse), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone representing the best in the current vibrant English folk scene. Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/faustus. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Sunday 11 October 2015 - Ruarri Joseph - Cavern Club, 83-84 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RP
Ruarri Joseph is nearing the end of a long chapter in his musical career, before embarking on an exciting new one. The man which The Times describes as “One of our best songwriters and lyricists” will be playing around the country on October and November, playing a ‘best of’ set, drawing on songs from the last eight years. The ‘Farewell for now’ tour gives new and old fans a chance to enjoy the best of Ruarri Joseph before he moves on to a new project in 2016. www.ruarrijoseph.co.uk. More details, tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/327994.

NEW Friday 16 October 2015 7.30pm - Five Finger Eddie - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU.
The stars of the 2014 Friends of Brixham Library BBQ they are back by popular request to perform with their amazing repertoire bringing together the best in folk music with a hint of Dartmoor thrown in. Brixham’s new shanty group ‘Missin' Tackle’ will also be there to start the evening off. Limited tickets, early booking advised. Bar. Tickets £10 FoBL members, £12 non-members, are available from Brixham Library tel 01803 853870 during library opening hours.

NEW Sunday 18 October 2015 8pm - John Kirkpatrick - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
John Kirkpatrick is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands. With an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician he is considered a leading interpreter of English folk music. As songwriter, composer, choreographer and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 8 November 2015 8pm - Mick Ryan's: A Day's Work - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Mick Ryan has written and performed many successful folk operas. This revival of A Day’s Work (first performed in 1995) shows his mastery of words, music and the spoken word. It is about the move by a group of farm workers from the land to the Western front in the first world war and features Paul Downes, Heather Bradford, Pete Morton, Matt Quinn, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar. £12 adv/£14 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 14 November 2015 - Bellowhead: The Farewell Tour - Princess Theatre, Torquay
Tickets may still be available at www.atgtickets.com/shows/bellowhead-the-farewell-tour/princess-theatre-torquay.

NEW TBC Sunday 15 November 2015 7.30pm - Gigspanner - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
details tba

NEW Monday 23 November 2015 - Steeleye Span - Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton
The only West-Country date on this tour. Details www.tauntontheatre.org.uk/show-list/8-forthcoming/158-20151123-steeleye.html.

NEW Wednesday 27 January 2016 - Oysters3 - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Oysterband as you don’t know them… Up close and personal: John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and not-entirely-discreet stories – an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career. “The idea arose from Sidmouth and Shrewsbury Festivals recently asking us to do ‘something different’ as well as the regular Oysterband style of concert. We more or less improvised the show and it went down a storm – and we wondered how on earth we’d never thought of doing this before!”. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/oysters3. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Sunday 6 December 2015 8pm - Belshazzar’s Feast - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off with wry humour. Singer, oboist and violinist Paul Sartin performs and records with Bellowhead and Faustus while accordionist Paul Hutchinson is well known from his work with Hoover the Dog, Karen Tweed and the Playford Liberation Front. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. £12 adv/£14 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

NEW Rachel's - Updated East Devon Gig Guide for August
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Sunday 9 August James Frost and Elise Yuill - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton
Tuesday 11 August - Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Wednesday 12 August - Beehive Folk & Acoustic - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton
Thursday 13 August - Ian Dunlop - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter
Saturday 29 August - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell)
Sunday 30 August - Wizz Jones and Steve Tilston - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock
Sunday 6 September - Tallulah Rendall - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk

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22/7/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 22 July 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
Should you no longer wish to receive these circulars, there is an Unsubscribe link at the foot of this email.

7-9 August 2015 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies; Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin; Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock; Alistair Anderson; Jeff Warner (USA), and his Jig Doll!; The Dovetail Trio; The Liam Robinson Dance Band; The Kestor Stringband; Johnny Handle; Dartmoor Pixie Band; Ramsley Minors; Tony Beard, the Wag from Widecombe; Entertainingly Different; plus more tbc. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

UPDATED Saturday 8 August 2015 - Jim Causley - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee. Jim has become renowned for a natural gift for interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years, and his relaxed and playful stage presence.  + support Amanda Diamond & Eddie Wheaton. See www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk for full details of this event and all forthcoming 'Teignmouth Folk Concerts'. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

Sold out Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side - Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
For outline details of the entire folk content of the Dartington International Summer School (courses, concerts etc. 1-15 August) see the Dairy on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 9 August 2015 8pm - James Frost and Elise Yuill - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Songwriters’ Evening. Part of the thriving UK alt-folk scene, James Frost often draws comparison with the romanticism of Nick Drake or the mysticism of Leonard Cohen. His intimate, left-handed guitar picking and dreamlike, pastoral lyrics are quintessentially English and reliably cast a hushed spell over chattering audiences. With a powerfully emotive voice, which time and again is likened to that of Joan Baez; Devon based Singer-songwriter Elise Yuill is fast becoming a recognised name in the folk world. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar, Elise sings a broad collection of songs from an extensive repertoire of story-telling original material. This year Elise appeared at Glastonbury festival for the first time on The Small World and Toad Hall stages. www.eliseyuill.com. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/325872.

NEW Tuesday 11 August 2015 - Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Hailing from Prince Edward Island, the band serve up old-time roots music with an energy level that practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar. + support: Sound Of The Sirens, a foot stomping, heart-rending, crowd engaging female Folk/rock duo whose strengths lie in their passion, conviction and chemistry. See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details, samples etc.

Thursday 13 August 2015 - Jane Taylor Band - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Returning by popular demand, Jane last performed at the Mill in 2012 and captured our hearts. Championed by BBC Radio 2's Johnnie Walker and Bob Harris, Somerset-based Jane is no ordinary singer-songwriter. Her sharp, witty lyrics are delivered in a sultry folk voice that has an intangible magic, soul and passion that somehow connects the audience with every word. Critically acclaimed, she has supported Jools Holland, Bill Wyman, and Paulo Nutini, and won Best Singer Songwriter Album for "Compass" in the Independent Music Awards. Expect "classic, timeless songwriting" from "a quintessentially English Gem" (Time Out). Jane is joined at the Mill by the three members of her multi-instrumental band. www.janetaylor.co.uk. Full details of Otterton Mill's music listings can be found at www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings.

Thursday 13 August 2015 8pm - Ian Dunlop - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
The Flying Burrito Brothers were the musical Godfathers of the whole Country Rock movement spawned on the West Coast of California. Directly and hugely influential on the Eagles, Byrds, Emmy Lou Harris et al, along with his best mate Gram Parsons, Ian formed the band. A rare solo appearance is sure to be full of not only his fine songs, but rivetting anecdotes and yarns about just how it was in the early days of Americana. Going to be a very special evening. Tickets £8 adv from The Bridge Inn tel. 01392 873862, £10 door.

NEW Friday 11 September 2015 8pm - Phil Beer - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Diary note - Details tba

NEW Friday 18 September 2015 8pm - Jim Causley - Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
Midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247)

NEW Friday 2 October 2015 8pm - Willy Porter - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Exeter EX4 8PX
Wisconsin native Willy Porter is a guitar virtuoso with an insinuating voice that sneaks past your defences and gets under your skin. The Washington Post has called him "a dazzling acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone," while the Boston Globe describes him as "an acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics." Willy has toured with Tori Amos, Paul Simon, and Jethro Tull, whose leader, Ian Anderson, said of him: "Willy Porter's music demonstrates admirably that the technical excellence of his guitar-playing will never overwhelm the essence of the song itself. In perfect symbiosis, the disciplines of performance and songwriting combine together to create the unique work for which he is admired by professional peers and audiences alike. Oh - and a damn fine singer too. Thank goodness he doesn't play the flute". Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/320765 or call 07913 543124.

(More) Folk news slightly further afield:
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Compiled by Tony Watts. Monthly calendar with email updates mainly of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details. Tony's latest email update notes the following:
South Zeal (nr. Okehampton): King’s Arms EX20 2JP (01837 840300, Dave: 07792 259338, www.drjams.co.uk). Second Monday of every month, 9pm till 11pm. Open mic. “Please note the Kings Arms Jam in South Zeal is moved back 1 week in August to make way for the [Dartmoor] folk festival.”

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Friday 28 August - Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - Matthews Hall, Topsham
Friday 18 September - Reg Meuross (plus Jess Vincent) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Friday 25 September - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Simon Mayor & Hilary James with Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter
Saturday 26 September - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 27 September - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre
Saturday 31 October - Martyn Joseph - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Tuesday 3 November - Ralph McTell - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Sunday 8 November - Cara Dillon - Tavistock Wharf
Wednesday 11 November - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange
Sunday 15 November - Lau - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 15 November - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 28 November - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Thursday 10 December - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington

 

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16/7/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 16 July 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
Should you no longer wish to receive these circulars, there is an Unsubscribe link at the foot of this email.

NEW Friday 18 September 2015 8pm - Reg Meuross (plus Jess Vincent) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of the most talented songwriters of our time. Reg first emerged on the acoustic music scene in the 80's with The Panic Brothers. In 1996 he released his first critically-acclaimed solo album, The Goodbye Hat and has since recorded eight albums including the highly-acclaimed Leaves And Feathers in 2012. His latest album, England Green, England Grey has been voted one of Telegraph Music's top folk albums of 2014. Mike Harding - "Possibly the best album yet from one of this country's finest singer-songwriters". Pete Townshend (The Who) - "Magnificent, powerful and moving". Martin Carthy - "A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer". www.regmeuross.com. Reg will be supported and joined by equally talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jess Vincent. www.jessvincentmusic.co.uk. Support: Graham Butterfield. Tickets: £10 adv; £12 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW Friday 25 September 2015 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Simon Mayor & Hilary James with Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
“A witty and captivating mix of folk, blues, swing and classical showstoppers, spiced with a unique brand of off-beat humour” The Guardian. With
Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - These guys are what Pete was all about.” Peggy Seeger. www.wegottickets.com/event/326747. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 11 October 2015 - Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography with inventive lighting, muscular synchronisation timed to perfection, post-apocalyptic martial imagery and infectious belly laugh humour - all in a spellbinding display of sheer athleticism. Feel the energy and experience the power of this unique performance. As the most successful touring taiko drum group on this continent, Mugenkyo celebrate their 21st year on the road, creating a contemporary look and sound, fusing the traditional spirit of taiko with a modern stage performance that has captivated audiences everywhere. www.taiko.co.uk. www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/mugenkyo-taiko-drummers.

NEW Saturday 31 October 2015 8pm - Martyn Joseph - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other. He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/martyn-joseph.

NEW Tuesday 3 November 2015 8pm - Ralph McTell - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Ralph McTell celebrates 50 years as a professional musician and this quintessential English singer-songwriter-guitarist is back on tour. Ralph’s shows feature beautifully crafted narrative songs combined with dexterous, finger-style guitar playing and evocative storytelling and will of course include the Ivor Novello award winning “Streets Of London”. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/ralph-mctell-autumn-tour-2015.

NEW Saturday 21 November 2015 - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips....literally! The accordionist from Ireland has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion 'cool' in her home country. Sharon has recorded and toured with a who's who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alisson Krauss and Shane MacGowan - a list that is testament to Sharon's versatility as well as talent. The genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums, singles and DVDs in her home country including Diamond Mountain Sessions, Live at Dolans and the phenomenal Steve Earle penned The Galway Girl with Irish rock singer Mundy which won a Meteor Award for most downloaded track two years in succession. The album of the same name was No.1 in the Irish charts for 4 weeks and has now achieved quadruple platinum status in Ireland! Tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/326362.
www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Thursday 10 December 2015 - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
Diary note only - ticketing details net yet available

Saturday 19 December 2015 - Seth Lakeman & Band - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Seated. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Dartington International Summer School Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
[Ed.: Perhaps of particular interest below is the involvement of Harberton Folk favourite Kathryn Tickell who is giving a course and performing a public concert on 9 August.]
1-7 August 2015 - Week 1
Course: Hurdy Gurdy (Stevie Wishart)
Hurdy Gurdy player, improviser, composer and Hildegarde of Bingen scholar – the multi-faceted Stevie Wishart leads a class in this extraordinary medieval instrument, as well as improvisational techniques.
8-15 August 2015 - Week 2)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Monday 10 August, 7.45pm Mhairi Lawson (soprano) and Joanna MacGregor (piano)
Songs from the Scottish tradition. Programme includes Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85198.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Date change Friday 13 November - Tobias Ben Jacob - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Tuesday 24 November - Lynched - Tavistock Wharf
Friday 27 November - Roving Crows - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Friday 19 February 2016 - Kodo - Plymouth Pavilions

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Friday 28 August - Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - Matthews Hall, Topsham
Friday 18 September - Gallery Bar Special: Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Saturday 26 September - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 27 September - Polperro Fishermen’s Choir - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Sunday 27 September - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre
Wednesday 11 November - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange
Sunday 15 November - Lau - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 15 November - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 28 November - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington

Coming up at World Unlimited / St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information about World Unlimited, a voluntary not-for-profit organisation. Tel. 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk. Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available. Here's the current programme:
Saturday 25 July - Kelly Oliver
Sunday 2 August - Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra
Tuesday 11 August - Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
Saturday 29 August - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
Sunday 6 September - Tallulah Rendall
Tuesday 15 September - Land Of The Giants
Friday 18 September - John Hegley – New & Old Potatoes
Saturday 26 September - Kris Drever & Ian Carr
Saturday 10 October - Jackie Oates
Saturday 17 October - Songdog + Nibs van de Spuy
Sunday 25 October - Jon Gomm

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Dartington International Summer School Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
[Ed.: Perhaps of particular interest below is the involvement of Harberton Folk favourite Kathryn Tickell who is giving a course and performing a public concert on 9 August.]
1-7 August 2015 - Week 1
Course: Hurdy Gurdy (Stevie Wishart)
Hurdy Gurdy player, improviser, composer and Hildegarde of Bingen scholar – the multi-faceted Stevie Wishart leads a class in this extraordinary medieval instrument, as well as improvisational techniques.
8-15 August 2015 - Week 2)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Monday 10 August, 7.45pm Mhairi Lawson (soprano) and Joanna MacGregor (piano)
Songs from the Scottish tradition. Programme includes Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85198.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

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General items retained from previous circulars

Session updates - Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL
According to Tony Watts'  latest email circular associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com, the following now applies (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064):
Open mic: First Friday or Saturday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third & fourth Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.

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Session News - Aveton Gifford
Third Thursday, Celtic / Irish folk session month. New musicians welcome or just come along to listen - we like an audience!! Tel 07793 636370. At the Fishermans Rest, Fore St, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4JL tel 01548 550284
Comprehensive information about dozens of sessions across the area can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Outside our coverage area (just), but easily accessible
I've also recently become aware of the following club, offering monthly guest / open stage nights, which I've now added to the 'Other links' section on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk: Culm Valley Music & Performance Club at Magelake Hall, Uffculme EX15 3DR. Close to M5 Jct 27, www.culmvalleymusicclub.co.uk.

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Dartington International Summer School Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
1-7 August 2015 - Week 1
Course: Hurdy Gurdy (Stevie Wishart)
Hurdy Gurdy player, improviser, composer and Hildegarde of Bingen scholar – the multi-faceted Stevie Wishart leads a class in this extraordinary medieval instrument, as well as improvisational techniques.
8-15 August 2015 - Week 2)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Monday 10 August, 7.45pm Mhairi Lawson (soprano) and Joanna MacGregor (piano)
Songs from the Scottish tradition. Programme includes Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85198.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

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LIVE MUSIC ACT EXTENSION BRINGS INTO EFFECT
INCREASE IN AUDIENCE FOR UNLICENSED VENUES
The Live Music Act extension came into effect on the 6 April 2015 meaning that Venues with audiences of up to 500 people will benefit from this deregulation of live music. Changes to the Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 mean a venue does not need a license to host live amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 to audiences of up to 500 people. Live un-amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 on any premises is unregulated along with the use of recorded music (to audiences of up to 500) during the same hours. Both live and recorded music may still become licensable if the licensing authority chooses following a licence review. This should be good news for small to medium size venues and musicians, however, there will always be the NIMBYS and those who wish to develop residential buildings close to existing live music venues to contend with.
(From The Jelli Note)

Kingsbridge - Crabshell Sessions R.I.P.
"Dear All, This is a very sad moment for me and probably for a lot of you. I have decided to end the 1st Thursday of the month Crabshell singing/music sessions. Although I am really pleased that Simon and the team at the pub are making such a success of the business, it really has become too far removed from the kind of venue that suits a session such as we all enjoy. I had considered doing this at the end of this year's winter season (ie May) but with the April session being so close to Easter this year, the pub will be heaving with an extra influx of visitors next week and I really can't face all the argy-bargy! With there only being the May session left it seems to make sense to call a halt now. I thank everyone who has supported the session over these past many years (can't remember actually how many!) and I for one have enjoyed the opportunity to have such great evenings of wonderful singing and cameraderie. There are other sessions in the surrounding area (see www.flaxey-green.co.uk) that would be very happy to see new singers so I hope you all continue singing, and I shall no doubt see you somewhere. If you know someone who may want to know this, Please spread the word to any interested parties who may not see this email. Love and all good wishes for the future from Brenda Burnside."

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Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Shammick Acoustic in North Devon
Shammick Acoustic's full programme of guest and open nights for 2015 is now available on
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk.

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

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Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast - www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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